Archive | April, 2017

Caravan at Exmouth Market

24 Apr

After my Cherry Heering experience I needed food & coffee and as my next appointment was in Exmouth Market I headed to Caravan.

Here I ordered ‘crispy salt-chilli tofu, ong Chou, fermented black beans and sesame’ and ‘pan-fried mackerel, pine-nuts, preserved lemon, sultanas and capers’ with a ‘Jamie Casilas coffee shrub’ to wash it down.




The food was good- if expensive for what you get (these were ‘small plates’ at £8 and £8.50 respectively) and both has more garnish & style than substance.

The shrub was good (I’d hope so at £3.50 for a very small glass) with a very mild coffee taste and a stronger, very nice, vinegaryness to it.

Still hungry I ordered ‘grilled pineapple, sumac custard, oat and Brazil nut crumb, cardamom ‘ (£6.50)  and this was much more successful (and a bit more filling). The taste was fresh, more savoury than sweet, and very moreish. The portion was better than the small plates and went well with a nice coffee.

All in all in it was nice but with a bill for £32.96 with tip (and no booze!) this is too much expensive style over more filling substance for my liking

Cherry Heering

24 Apr

Cherry Heering is a name, but not a taste, that I know well.

Spend any amount of time on Diffords and you’ll come across it as an ingredient in many cocktails and for a long time I’ve been meaning to get some so I could increase my repartee, but the time was never right.

So when the opportunity for a Cherry Heering masterclass came up I leapt at it and today headed off to the Bethal Green branch of London Cocktail Club (ignore Google maps! It’s closer to the station than they make it seem hence my wandering alleyways for a good 20 minutes) to learn more about this liqueur.

I then spent an enjoyable couple of hours trying the drink itself, and also combined with 12 other spirits, to taste its effect and I definitely left a convert.

The drink itself is very nice, sweet but balanced, and with a depth that raises it above other liqueurs. Add a touch of sour (a squeeze of lime say) and serve over ice for a refreshing drink.

I’m going to get some and experiment with it as I think it will be lovely when hit with some sour and lengthened with soda water for the summer. I also plan to make the Pogo Lounge Singapore Sling  by Rhys Wilson of Happiness Forgets that we tried today- maybe my new favourite cocktail… and I always appreciate a new way to use Cynar

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